Organic raw milk vending machine in France. (Image).
By Rady Ananda
“In this war, the enemy will continue to up the intimidation quotient. To the exten[t] the targets go along with the bully’s demands, they lose.” ~ David Gumpert
By criminalizing healthy foods and subsidizing toxic ones, food “safety” authorities are experimenting on us without our consent.
The difference between raw milk and government-approved commercial milk is the difference between fresh and poisoned. The former is unadulterated from animals raised in clean, humane conditions, which our species has been drinking for thousands of years. The other is full of drugs and GMOs from animals raised in over-crowded, filthy, inhumane conditions. Yet it is the former which food “safety” authorities are criminalizing.
“You have got to be kidding,” remarked California goat herder Sara Grusky in an open letter reproduced below.
Grusky formerly worked in Washington, D.C. as an organizer for Food & Water Watch. In 2007, she moved to California to raise goats. Now she’s the target of a criminal investigation into her production of fresh milk.
Of course there’s nothing wrong with fresh, unadulterated, unpasteurized milk. It’s dispensed from vending machines all over Europe, and people the world over drink it, along with 10 million here. Research by retired pathologist Ted Beals using government data shows that “you are about 35,000 times more likely to become ill from other foods than you are from raw milk.”
Don’t want to drink GMO milk? Want to protect your healthy food supply? It’s going to take more than standing idly by and complaining while thugs seize and destroy it.
Here’s Grusky’s letter:
Dear friends, family, newspaper editors, and those who seek wholesome food in their local community:
On Thursday June 30th during the weekly farmer’s market in Willits, California, my husband Michael Foley was served a notice of violation from Jim Dentoni of the Calif. Dept. of Food and Agriculture. The notice said:
“You are hereby ordered to cease and desist the sale of, and giving away, of any and all raw or pasteurized dairy products from any unlicensed dairy and/or processing milk plant.”
My husband and I run a small family farm called Green Uprising at Blackberry Bend where we reside with our children and grandchildren. In addition to providing the community with fresh fruit and vegetables grown without artificial pesticides and fertilizers, we board, feed, and milk ten adult goats for shareholders who have purchased ownership interest in the herd.
According to the Calif Dept. of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) this is a threat to the public health. Our children, our grandchildren, friends, family, neighbors and shareholders all drink raw milk directly from the teats of goats boarded at our farm (my goodness!) and we are all alive and well, happy and healthy.
In fact, if you go back three or four generations most everyone who consumed milk drank it raw from a family farm in their community. But, according to CDFA, our shareholders don’t have the right to drink raw milk from a goat herd they have purchased an ownership interest in.
According to CDFA, they know better than you what’s good for you. And, they think that pasteurized milk from a feedlot dairy where large amounts of antibiotics are used (due to the unhealthy conditions) and Bovine Growth Hormone (a genetically engineered artificial growth hormone) may be given to stimulate milk production, is healthier than the milk I hand milk into glass jars from my ten precious goats. You have got to be kidding…
We have agreed to temporarily cease and desist providing milk to those who have ownership interest in the herd. But, we are committed to fighting the intrusions of a “nanny state” that imposes its misinformed notions of food safety. We will be gathering our shareholders for a meeting and, with legal counsel from the Farmer to Consumer Legal Defense Fund; we will be discussing all possibilities available to ensure that everyone has the right to drink the milk of their choice.
By the way, when I went out to the barn and told Floppy, Rosemary, Persimmon and the rest of the flock to cease and desist producing milk they told me I was crazy, they were hungry and I better get to work milking them, now. So, what am I supposed to do with the gallons and gallons of milk filling the fridge, Jim Dentoni? My mother, who was a child during the Depression, taught me never to waste good food.
Why is it so easy to shut down a small family farm? Why does the California Department of Food and Agriculture believe that Hostess Twinkies, Lucky Charms or Coca Cola are safe foods, but that raw milk produced at our farm is dangerous?
Here’s a deal I would be more than willing to make. I don’t believe that raw milk is a public health threat, but we would gladly cease and desist the production of raw milk if the following real public health threats and real threats to the future of our planet would also cease and desist. For example, how about shutting down nuclear power plants, offshore oil drilling, fracking operations, or asking coal companies to cease and desist mountaintop removal and shutting down coal-fired electricity plants? Or how about asking Cal Trans to cease and desist on the bypass plan and give the land back to its original owners?
What food “safety” authorities are doing in the U.S. today is exactly what Joseph Stalin did in Russia in the 1930s: he criminalized small farms. Today’s criminalization of real food is part of a vast Mengele-like experiment with toxic food – just how sick can they make us before we die?